Prosperous Son-In Law-Eggs with Fried Shrimps in Spicy Plum Sauce
Prosperous Son-In Law-Eggs with Fried Shrimps in Spicy Plum Sauce

Ingredients

3 eggs
6 medium size prawns - deveined, butterflied and tail on
3 shallots - thinly sliced
1 tbsp white sesame seeds
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
Himalayan pink salt
White pepper
"I served this dish as canapes as I felt it would be perfect as an appetizer for a Chinese New Year party/dinner. It's a perfect conversation starter due to the unique name and as an ice breaker in parties. You can also opt to serve it as a dish on a serving plate with all the elements. You can opt to omit the bird's eye chillies if you don't like spicy food and if you are serving children as well! PS: If the sauce becomes too runny, do add in a tablespoon of water+cornstarch mixture" - Malathi

Instructions

1.Marinate the shrimps in salt and white pepper and set aside for at least 20 minutes
2.In a small sauce pan, toast the white sesame seeds until fragrant and brown and set aside
3.Bring about 1L of water to boil in a pot and boil the eggs for 8 minutes. Prepare an ice bath for the eggs and drop the eggs immediately after boiling to avoid it from overcooking
4.Once cooled down, remove the shells from the eggs and set aside
5.Meanwhile, heat up enough oil in a wok for deep frying. When oil is hot enough (180c to 190c), fry the eggs until the skin turns golden brown. Remove from oil and place on kitchen towel to cool down before cutting into halves
6.In the same oil, fry the shallots until brown and crispy. Using a spider strainer, remove the fried shallots and place on kitchen paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Slightly salt the shallots while it's still hot
7.Break one egg into a bowl and in another bowl, mix the flour and cornstarch
8.Dip the marinated shrimps in the egg mixture, and then in the flour mixture and fry the shrimp for about 2-3 minutes until it curls up. Remove from oil and place on kitchen paper towel
9.Now for the sauce, in a mixing bowl, mix the plum sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, brown sugar, salt and water
10.Heat up oil in a small sauce pan and fry the garlic, ginger and bird's eye chilli until fragrant
11.Add in the sauce mixture and cook until the sauce thickens
12.Add in the fried shrimps and coat them evenly in the sauce
13.For assembly- I decided to serve them in canapes style using Chinese soup spoons. Place the halved soft boiled eggs in the spoon, top off with the shrimp. Sprinkle some toasted white sesame seeds. Top off with spring onions, fried shallots, coriander leaves and red bird's eye chillies
14.And there you have it, your Prosperous Son-In-Law Eggs with Fried Shrimps in Spicy Plum Sauce is ready to impress your friends and family for this auspicious Chinese New Year!

A thank you shout out to our awesome winner and recipe creator, Malathi Arumugam. Malathi says, “The name of the dish is what attracted me to recreate the dish in my own way. There are various versions of the story behind the meaning of the dish, but this is the one I love the most. Son-In-Law eggs originates from Thailand, and the story is- a son-in-law visits the mother-in-law’s home. She did not have any ingredients at home except for eggs and she decided to make a humble egg dish for her son-in-law and he actually loved it! The dish signifies the bond and special relationship between a mother-in-law and son-in-law and how a simple dish can bring a family closer. For Chinese New Year and reunion dinners, there might be disagreements on where to celebrate and which kampung shall we go back to every year among couples. This dish could be the perfect gesture from a mother-in-law to ‘welcome’ her son-in-law, especially newly weds to her home as a sign of love and respect”. Thank you again for inspiring us!

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